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Salim Akil to direct ‘Jumping the Broom’

TV helmer making leap to bigscreen with laffer

TV helmer Salim Akil is making the leap to the bigscreen and will direct Sony’s wedding-themed comedy “Jumping the Broom.”

Story depicts the collision of worlds when two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha’s Vineyard for a wedding. Arlene Gibbs and Elizabeth Hunter penned the screenplay.

Envisioned as a low-budget project, “Jumping the Broom” is currently in development at the studio and is moving toward a tentative June start date in Nova Scotia.

If project comes together, it would likely go out through the Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group label.

Bishop T.D. Jakes, Tracey Edmonds, Glendon Palmer and Curtis Wallace are producing.

“Jumping the Broom” marks Akil’s feature directorial debut. His TV helming credits include “Girlfriends” and “The Game,” which BET is aiming to resurrect with Akil as the showrunner.

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